World AIDS Day: Protest disrupts observance in Nigeria

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A protest by the Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NEPWHAN) disrupted the observance of the World AIDS Day in Nigeria's capital ci t y of Abuja Tuesday Chanting protest songs, the NEPWHAN members carried a mock coffin with the name of the Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), P r of.
John Idoko inscribed on it, while others carried placards.
Some of the placards read: â?Prof.
Idoko stop the deception, where is the mean ingful involvement, who holds HIV/AIDS funds'' and ''No PLWHA, no World AIDS Da y .
â? A spokesman for the group, Peter Ekiti, said the members were angry at being exc luded from the activities marking the observance.
â?We know that NACA is under the presidency and that it is the duty of NACA to spearhead care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, but unfor t unately, it has been almost one year (since) you (NACA DG) got there and there h a s not been any effect.
''So, we decided to come with an empty coffin because we have been burying our m embers on a daily basis.
,so today we decided to come with an empty coffin to s h ow you what a coffin looks like.
â? Speaking at the occasion, Prof.
Idoko said prevention remained still a major gap in efforts to combat the disease, noting that if the epidemic must be halted by 2015, as proposed, Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) must be s t rengthened at all levels.

01 december 2009 18:40:00

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